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Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar and other dignitaries unveil the poster of IFFI-2019 in the city on Sunday.

IFFI’s golden jubilee edition will be a memorable event

Panaji: Aiming to make the forthcoming golden jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India a memorable “professional show”, the steering committee for this mega film event, which met in the city on Sunday, reached many decisions including having a special showcase to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi as well as holding a business exhibition for displaying latest technologies relating to film production and distribution.

The IFFI-2019 also proposes to pay a tribute to former chief minister Manohar Parrikar, the architect of IFFI in Goa, possibly through a special section dedicated to him.

The meeting, which was presided over by Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar, also decided to add two new features to the IFFI-2019 namely utilising the skills of students of the Film and Television Institute of India as well as the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute for managing the nine-day show, and roping in private theatres in the state to screen popular films for general public during the IFFI period.

A poster of the IFFI-2019 was also released on the occasion.

Around 70 countries are expected to participate in the film bonanza.

Later addressing a press conference, Javadekar said   president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Bailey has confirmed his attendance at the IFFI-2019, besides many national as well as international dignitaries participating in the event.

“Russia has shown its interest in becoming the international partner of the IFFI-2019, just as many other Indian states, including Uttar Pradesh, are keen to be local associates of the mega film event,” he said, adding that a special section dedicated to Parrikar could find a place at the IFFI-2019 for paying tribute to his fond memory.

“We also intend to hold roadshows in seven filmmaking centres around the country, including Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkota and Hyderabad, for reaching out to film fraternities and ensuring their participation,” he added.

The annual film festival will be held from November 20 to November 28, later this year.

The Union minister said the process of selecting films for screening at the IFFI-2019, as well as finalising various sections to be included at this mega film event will be finalised by September, much in advance before the curtains rise on the festival, as also film schedules released as early as possible, so that the delegates are able to prepare their time-table and book the tickets.

“The central government is the host of the film festival on paper, while on ground, it is the Goa government which will be hosting this event,” he observed.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, secretary for information and broadcasting Amit Khare, Chief Secretary Parimal Rai and  vice-chairman of the Entertainment Society of Goa Subhash Phaldesai were present at the briefing along with the members of the steering committee including filmmakers Madhur Bhandarkar, Rahul Rawail, Shaji Karun and A K Bir.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said the state government will leave no stone unturned to ensure that adequate infrastructure as well as hospitality are provided to the participants of the particular film festival.

IFFI-related programmes will be planned in other parts of the state, Sawant disclosed.

Javadekar and Sawant, along with the members of the steering committee later visited the venues of the IFFI-2019 including the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee indoor stadium and the Kala Academy.

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